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Becoming Victoria
     

Becoming Victoria

by Lynne Vallone
 

ISBN-10: 0300089503

ISBN-13: 9780300089509

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

The infant princess Victoria, just eight months old, moved significantly closer to the throne of England upon the unexpected death of her father, Edward, duke of Kent, in 1820. The task of raising a potential female monarch assumed critical importance for the English nation, yet Victoria's girlhood and adolescence have received scant attention from historians,

Overview

The infant princess Victoria, just eight months old, moved significantly closer to the throne of England upon the unexpected death of her father, Edward, duke of Kent, in 1820. The task of raising a potential female monarch assumed critical importance for the English nation, yet Victoria's girlhood and adolescence have received scant attention from historians, cultural critics, and even her biographers. In this highly engaging and enlightening book, Lynne Vallone reveals a new Victoria -- a lively and passionate girl very different from the iconic dour widow of the queen's later life.

Based on the most thorough exploration of the young Victoria's own letters, stories, drawings, educational materials, and journals -- documents that have been underappreciated until now -- the book illuminates the princess's childhood from her earliest years to her accession to the throne at age eighteen in 1837. Vallone presents a fresh assessment of 'the rose of England' within the culture of girlhood and domestic life in the 1820s and 1830s. The author also explores the complex and often conflicting contexts of the period, including Georgian children's literature, conventional childrearing practices, domestic and familial intrigues, and the frequently turbulent political climate. Part biography, part historical and cultural study, this richly illustrated volume uncovers in fascinating detail the childhood that Victoria actually lived.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300089509
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgementsxi
Prefacexv
Chapter 1The Baby in the Palace, 1819-18271
Chapter 2The Little Princess Enters Education Land, 1828-183240
Chapter 3Private and Public Princess, 1832-183475
Chapter 4The Importance of Being Victoria, 1835122
Chapter 5'The Fair White Rose of Perfect Womanhood', 1836-1837168
Notes202
Bibliography241
Index246

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